In this Update:
As the school year comes to a close, I would like to once again honor the graduates of the 35th Senatorial District by acknowledging their accomplishments and goals in my “Senior Spotlight”.
Do you know of someone graduating from high school, trade school, or college from Bedford, Cambria, Centre, or Clearfield counties that has made an impact on their community, accomplished a goal, been accepted to a college or technical school, joined the armed forces, or any other amazing accomplishments? If so, please submit their name, brief description of their accomplishments, and photo here.
Upcoming Events in Senate District 35
Lyme Disease Prevention Seminar
This seminar will focus on tick bite prevention, as well as how to improve early diagnosis of Lyme disease and other tick-born infections. Register here.
Concealed Carry Educational Seminar
This seminar will address PA Gun Laws, how to apply for a conceal carry permit, how to safely interact with law enforcement while carrying a firearm and much more. Register here or by calling my office at 814-266-2277.
Thank you to everyone who came out to donate blood at our first blood drive. We collected 54 donations. A big thank you to the American Red Cross for all their work.
National Day of Prayer
It was a great honor to attend and speak at the Annual National Day of Prayer event at the Cambria County Courthouse!
Ribbon Cutting at The Union Hotel
It was wonderful to have my staff join the Bedford County Chamber of Commerce for a ribbon cutting ceremony at The Union Hotel in Everett! Congratulations to owners Randy and Mona Shaw!
Ribbon Cutting at The Museum of Speed
It was wonderful to have Tonya Clark of my Bedford office join the Bedford County Chamber of Commerce’s ribbon cutting ceremony for the Museum of Speed in downtown Bedford! Thanks to Eric Zembower, Jake Hoover, and the entire board for their efforts to preserve the rich history of racing in Bedford County!
Celebrating 35 years of G & L Gems & Jewelry
It was great to have my staff join the Bedford County Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the 35th anniversary of G & L Gems & Jewelry in downtown Bedford! Congratulations Brenda and best wishes for many more successful years.
Senate Republicans Continue Statewide Hearings on Rising Crime
Local police chiefs, prosecutors, addiction recovery experts and others met with the Senate Majority Policy Committee in Lancaster this week as part of Senate Republican public hearings on rising crime in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania has the highest violent crime rate of any state in the Northeast, according to FBI data. Between 2019 and 2020, no other state reported a greater year-over-year increase in violence. Driven by spikes in aggravated assault and homicide, Pennsylvania’s violent crime rate climbed 27.1% from 2019 to 2020.
Chief David Steffen of the Northern Lancaster County Regional Police Department told the committee that the national media’s consistent coverage of emotional, high-profile and statistically rare cases of officer-involved shootings portrayed as the norm has created a foundation of mistrust in law enforcement.
Columbia Borough Police Chief Jack Brommer said recruiting new officers to the force has become increasingly difficult, particularly as anti-police rhetoric rises.
According to Lancaster County District Attorney Heather Adams, Lancaster County is a hotspot for human trafficking, an insidious crime that contributes to other types of community lawlessness.
A top priority for Senate Republicans is to ensure Pennsylvanians feel safe in the towns, cities and communities they call home. These hearings will help legislators better understand the trends in crime from law enforcement and key stakeholders, and better align the Commonwealth’s economic goals with community objectives throughout the state.
The next hearing on crime and public safety will be announced in the near future.
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Extended to May 20
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has been extended to May 20, allowing additional households to apply for help.
LIHEAP is a federally funded program administered by the state that provides assistance for home heating bills. Assistance is available for renters and homeowners.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
While we focus on our physical wellbeing, the food we eat, exercise, and getting regular check-ups for vision and dental care, a growing body of evidence has demonstrated the need to take care of our mental health.
If you or someone you know needs assistance in this crucial area, the state has an online mental health resources page that can be a good starting point. Topics include finding help and treatment, preventing suicide and more.
Happy Mother’s Day
To mothers, grandmothers and everyone who serves in that role, I wish you a happy Mother’s Day in which all the love you give is returned to you in full.